May. 1st, 2017

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May. 1st, 2017 12:54 pm
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I'm reading a fascinating book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk. The basic premise is that a trauma has a serious, physical impact on the brain, and that reliving that trauma, either on purpose or by suffering a flashback, continues to have an impact on both the brain and the body. There are some proposals for how to treat that. There is also a lot of detail about what different parts of the brain do, and how re-experiencing a trauma can hijack the part of the brain that is supposed to manage emotion so people can get an idea about how serious the perceived threat is and what can be done to properly address that threat.

Also, the writer discusses the development of information and knowledge concerning psychiatric treatment. That's interesting.

However, it is a hard read, with the some pretty blunt discussion about disturbing events. I would advise that anyone with triggers proceed with caution. I think people who deny that triggers are a real thing with serious consequences would benefit greatly from reading this book, but of course they would be the last to do so.

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